February 2019 Student of the Month
Mikaela Sarmiento’s passion, both for helping people and for the medical industry, is regularly on display.
The former El Capitan High valedictorian has thrived in her three semesters at Merced College, posting a 4.0 grade point average while preparing to transfer to Stanislaus State and join the nurse anesthesia credential program. She’s accomplished all this while also tutoring students in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program at El Capitan.
Physiology professor Cary Coburn has been particularly impressed, sponsoring Sarmiento as the February Student of the Month.
“Mikaela’s attention to detail and work ethic made her stand out amongst her peers very early in the semester,” Coburn said. “I immediately took notice that her weekly lab reports were the neatest, most complete and most accurate that I have seen in my many years of teaching this class.
“I am quite impressed with Ms. Sarmiento’s current academic accomplishments at Merced College as well as her future potential as a competitive candidate for our nursing program.”
Sarmiento was born in the Philippines, but considers Merced her home town. She said she chose Merced College for its proximity to home and affordability.
“Being Filipino-American, I am following the long tradition of nurses within our minority group,” Sarmiento said. “I am both passionate in helping others and have a genuine interest in the medical field. I want to transfer to Stanislaus and get accepted into the Pre-licensure Nursing program, and ultimately earn my license in nursing.
“Merced College has helped me achieve these goals by providing me a comfortable environment in which I can learn the coursework material that is imperative to this degree.”